As the human population swells, relentless development ensues, and the climate crisis worsens, our impact on the land is more visible than ever. Photographers chronicling the natural world are preserving memories of it as it increasingly disappears.
asks: What happens when animals die out? For his body of work “Inherit the Dust” (2016), Brandt erected and photographed monumental, life-sized images of lions and elephants in developed areas to show how their habitats have been transformed.
His latest project, “This Empty World” (2018), shows staged scenes of animals in even more claustrophobic urban conditions. Brandt built partial sets, captured animals as they passed through, then completed the sets and cast people to fill the scenes. His collaged images show humans and animals living in disharmony.